Storm Petrel

Hydrobates pelagicus

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The smallest seabird in the world, and one of the most beautiful, is the European Storm petrel. This is another seabird that spends its day out at sea feeding, and returning under the cover of darkness to their nests. They prefer to nest down underneath rocks that pile up on the shorelines of the uninhabited islands here, giving them and their chicks the protection from predators such as the larger gull species and rats.

Scilly is one of only two places in England where you can find breeding populations of storm petrels, with our islands holding internationally important numbers of this species.

As a result of the Seabird Recovery Project Storm petrels now breed successfully on St Agnes & Gugh as well as the outer rat-free Islands.

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